On hearing the news of the demise of Verghese Kurien, I remembered his statement in his book 'I too had a Dream', which goes like this; 'I have always spoken of integrity as the most important of values. If you are always honest to yourself, it does not take much effort in always being honest with others.' What a great statement.
In his autobiographical reminiscences, Verghese Kurien says, “In every crisis, if you look carefully, you will spot an opportunity. My insistence is on finding and seizing that opportunity. I never try to side-step a crisis. Rather, the more monstrous the crisis, the more I am tempted to rush at it, grasp it by the horns and manoeuvre it until it gives me what I want”.
Verghese Kurien, credited for ushering in India's White Revolution passed away on Sunday morning in a hospital at Nadiad in Gujrat at the age of 90. He passed away around 1:15 am. He is survived by his wife Molly and a daughter Nirmala Kurien.
Kurien, also called the Milkman of India, began his career as a mechanical engineer, but his calling came as founder-chairman of the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation, which markets brand Amul - now a household name.
Condoling Kurien' death, NDDB chairman Amrita Patel said that Verghese Kurien, will be remembered for promoting and establishing around 150,000 village co-operatives with about 15 million members, and leading India
to becoming the world's largest milk producer and his dream will live as an eloquent memorial to him, as per Deccan Herald.
Kurien was born on 26 November 1921 in Calicut, Kerala, was a Physics graduate from Loyola College, Madras, and graduated in 1940. Thereafter, he did his B.E. in mechanical engineering. Then he went to the US where he earned his Masters in Science in metallurgical engineering from the Michigan State University.
Though he was a Syrian Christian, but later became an atheist. He was honoured with Padma Bhushan and also received the Magsaysay Award for his social work.
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